The 10th annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. today at Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.

The holiday celebration will feature performances from “The Nutcracker,” area choirs and the Galveston Community Band.

The celebration begins with the arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, followed by the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree with a countdown led by Santa Claus and Galveston’s Mayor pro-tem Terrilyn Tarlton-Shannon. KHOU-TV’s Mia Gradney will emcee the event.

Dickens on The Strand’s Queen Victoria and other special characters also will make appearances during the festivities. Throughout the evening’s festivities, Hotel Galvez will accept monetary donations for The Salvation Army to help make the holidays brighter for all members of the community.

The Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration is an annual, free family event and marks the start of the official holiday season in Galveston.

Rescheduled BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival

The rescheduled eighth annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival will kick off today through Sunday at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.

The immersive multiday event lets visitors tap into the world of craft beer on island time. With 400 craft beers, and rare “Taste it First” selections, seminars and presentation on the Beer University Seminary Stage and more, the three-day event offers endless opportunities to learn from the best in the craft beer industry and to enjoy some of the great seasonal releases.

Festivities kick off at 7 p.m. today with the spirited Nach-Yo Ordinary Tequila Tasting event featuring a range of tequila-tasting and plenty of salt and nachos for all.

For a complete itinerary and tickets, which range from $25 to $85, visit


Hendley Green and Eighteen Seventy One are coming together to offer a day of family friendly fun from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 2002 Strand St., in Galveston.

Children of all ages are encouraged to take their letters to Santa for mailing off before the holidays in a specially created mailbox.

Eighteen Seventy One will welcome guests with special discounts, refreshments, popcorn and more from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A special prize wheel will be available for your chance to win tickets to Dickens on The Strand, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour and many other Galveston Historical Foundation programs.

Hendley Green, 2028 Strand St., will offer craft beer from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; a visit from Santa and his sleigh from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., with guests welcome to take their camera for free photos; family friendly games throughout the afternoon; and a special tree lighting of the Queen’s Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m.


Galveston Arts Center will present three exhibitions opening Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston.

The exhibit will feature artist Dan Schmahl’s, Joan Laughlin, Motoyuki Noguchi and Toshimichi Minagawa. These exhibitions will remain on view through Jan 7.

For information, visit or call 409-763-2403, Ext. 1003.


The Historic Downtown Galveston Partnership and the Galveston Park Board will present the inaugural “Lanterns & Lights” holiday event Saturday through Jan. 2 in the downtown area of Galveston.

Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St. Saturday’s festivities also will include a special performance by Chinese acrobats at 6 p.m.

The park also will feature an interactive photo frame and a giant snow globe that visitors can enter for family photos. The props will be available Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 9, 16 and 23.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239;

Community News Editor

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